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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

"Loved" Capelet

I just love the Fall season because that means it's time for color work and cables. Yippee!

When the new Project Yarnway September challenge "Life imitates Art" got posted, I had such a hard time deciding what piece of inspiration to choose... there were so many that I will have ideas and ideas for many years to come! :D
Size modeled: 5-8 (shown on a 6 year old)
I eventually settled on an 8th century B.C. ivory plaque from Mesopotamia and turned it into a heart cable panel for a capelet or poncho. I wanted something different than a vest, sweater or jacket. And this was a capelet proved to turn into a great quick knit.

I added an xo cable design down the sides with two parallel panels for the larger size (child 5-8) and a single panel for the smaller size (child 2-4).

The top heart gets rounded off and the other cables merge smoothly into the 2x2 neck ribbing. Ah, relief the math worked out nicely.

It was a really fast knit (10-12 hrs) with bulky weight yarn and only 46 rounds cable pattern for size 2-4 and 58 rounds for size 5-8. :) Definitely a great candidate for a Xmas or birthday gift...

The fringe band is knit across the narrow side, sewn to the bottom of the capelet and then gets partially unraveled to make the fringe. It's a really neat and efficient way to make a great looking finish.

The pattern has been test knit for both sizes and comes with 6 pages with photos supporting the written instructions. The cable designs are charted.

Hope you'll enjoy it as much as my son loves it!

Happy Knitting!

Pattern Info:   $5.00

Sizes: child 2-4 (5-8)
Finished Measurements: 
Length (neck base to fringe base): 10" + 2-3" fringe (13" + 3-4" fringe)
Neck circumference: 12" (14")
Bottom circumference: 32" (40)"
Yarn:  350 (450) yards / 320 (410) m bulky, chunky, #5, 12-ply yarn
Test knit with: Yarn Bee Melody Bulky Wool Blend, Yarn Bee Icelandic Jewels, Stylecraft Signature Chunky, Naturally Caron Country (double-stranded)
Needles:  US #10 (6 mm) circular needle and dpns; US #8 (5 mm) dpns for neck band and fringe
Gauge:  14 sts x 21 rows = 4" in Stockinette stitch
Skills required: Knitting in the round, reading charts, cables, sewing (fringe band to bottom of capelet)